How to Save Money and Stay Warm This Winter

by Emily on January 13, 2015 in Responsibility, Tools

La Cheminee, 1869

 

It is pretty cold here today, but we have had quite a mild winter so far.  We have gotten snow a couple of times, but it wasn’t much.  Many days, my children are running around outside without so much as a sweater on!  But when the sun goes down, the heater goes on.  That heating bill can get expensive.  I know I am always looking for ways to save money at home, aren’t you?

Here are some money-saving tips to help you stay warm in the cold winter months, plus save money on your heating bill.

  1. Open curtains/blinds on south-facing windows to let sunlight into your home during the day.  Make sure you close them at night to retain heat.
  2. When you leave the house, lower the temperature on your thermostat.  Also lower it when you go to sleep at night since your body temperature rises while you sleep.  If you have a programmable thermostat, it makes it even easier.
  3. If you have a swamp cooler, make sure it’s properly winterized.  Insert a damper if your model is built to accommodate one, or cover it with a canvas cooler cover or plastic sheeting.
  4. If you have a fireplace, make sure your fireplace damper is closed when the fireplace is not being used.
  5. Close off vents and doors to areas of your home that are unused.
  6. Lower the temperature on your natural gas-fired hot-water heater to 120 degrees to reduce the need to heat water.
  7. If you have a lot of people in your family or are entertaining guests, you may be able to lower your thermostat a degree or two without anyone noticing.  There is extra warmth created with other people around, so you might want to try this!

Do you have any other tips to add?

Emily

Emily and her wonderful husband are raising several future homemakers and one little man. Emily enjoys homemaking, homeschooling, arts & crafts, cross-stitching, reading, sewing, and playing piano, just to name a few. She is interested in healing the body through the food God has given us, along with other God-given means such as herbs and essential oils. You can find her blogging about all things homemaking at Blessed Homemaking. Emily also has a God-given gift for art and sometimes posts her creations at Emily's Fine Art.

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Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage January 14, 2015

I wrote this post a couple of months ago.
http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2014/11/keeping-shivers-at-bay-keeping-warm.html
Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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